ICON: Singer-songwriter Ed Kuepper’s latest album is called Lost Cities (2015).
ICON: Singer-songwriter Ed Kuepper’s latest album is called Lost Cities (2015). Contributed

Double J celebrates 40 years of punk

FOUR decades ago, in 1976, punk exploded on to the music scene in a riot of noise, attitude and energy.

In that year, the world got debut albums from the Ramones and Blondie, debut singles from The Sex Pistols and The Saints and the first live shows from The Cramps, The Clash and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

To mark the anniversary, Double J presents Punk is Calling, a month-long celebration of the seminal artists, albums and moments that make up four decades of disruption.

Taking over Double J's regular programming are:

Ed Kuepper, artist in residence: (Sundays, 3pm) Forty years ago, Kuepper's seminal Brisbane punk band The Saints released its pioneering first single, (I'm) Stranded, setting a template for countless punk rock songs to come. From The Saints to his post-punk outfit Laughing Clowns, as well as his impressive solo work, Kuepper has built a reputation as a prolific Australian artist. Join him as he shares gems from his extensive personal music library throughout June.

Monday, June 6: Kim Salmon was one of the first Australians to embrace punk in Australia, with punk pioneers The Scientists.

Monday, June 13: Rob Younger co-founded seminal Sydney punk band Radio Birdman in 1974, going on to influence countless bands and take Australian music to the world.

Monday, June 20: Punk rock legend Chris Cheney fronts The Living End, one of Australia's most revered bands of the last two decades.